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Barbados Beach Holidays

The most easterly of the Caribbean islands, Barbados is famous for its gorgeous scenery and some of the best beaches in the world. If your dream holiday has the added ingredients of sunshine, lively nightlife and cultural sites, then Barbados is your kind of island. Design your perfect holiday with Travelbag – you’ll be sipping a piña colada on a palm-fringed beach in no time. 

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Beach Holidays in Barbados

Barbados has a great variety of sandy swathes to suit all beach-lovers. Whether you’re looking for a secluded bay, a lively surf spot, or a family-friendly beach with plenty going on, you can find them all in Barbados. Mullins Beach on the west coast is easily accessible and has a vast stretch of soft sand, pinned down by swaying palm trees. As well as having sun loungers and watersports, this beach has safe, gently-sloping waters – ideal for families with young children. You’ve also got Gibbes Beach, which is widely considered the most beautiful spot on the island. The 300 metres of golden sand has remained unspoiled and un-commercialised, so it’s the perfect spot for a quiet picnic and lazy swim. On the south coast, meanwhile, Accra Beach is a favourite for watersports. Its lively waves and shallows waters make it a great place to learn a new sport. On the more exposed southeast coast, Crane Beach has coral-tinged pink sand, backed by white cliffs and palm trees. The large waves here are a surfer’s dream, but unsuitable for children. 

 

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Why is Barbados the perfect beach destination?

One of the best things about a beach break to Barbados is the beautiful year-round weather. Temperatures remain remarkably consistent at an average of 29 degrees Celsius during the extended summer, from April to November, and only drop by a couple of degrees in winter, from December to March. The highest rainfall is during September, October and November, while February to April is the driest time of year. You can swim in the sea any time of year, as the water temperature hovers in the high twenties. But Barbados isn’t just about beaches. If you fancy a change of scene, why not visit one of the many art galleries or landscaped gardens? After dark, Barbados’ dynamic nightlife offers plenty of entertainment, whatever the season. Karaoke bars, beach parties, and seafront dining are all in abundant supply. And, on the outskirts if Bridgetown, there are open-air nightclubs for dancing the night away. On the south coast, around Miami Beach, you can look forward to fried-fish suppers followed by music and all-night dancing. 

Recommended Beach Holiday Destinations in Barbados

Things to do in Barbados

Natural Beauty

The island’s native tropical plants are a source of great pride to Barbadians – so much so that the Red Bird of Paradise flower features prominently on its national coat of arms. As well as having colourful native flora, Barbados also has the perfect climate for growing other exotic species, which you’ll find clustered in the island’s botanical gardens. In the Andromeda Gardens, you can see the fish poison tree – the seeds of which are traditionally ground up and used to stun fish, so they can be collected from freshwater streams. The purple flowers of a Central American scrambling vine add a splash of colour to the garden. You’ll also see several bearded fig trees. Interestingly, ‘Barbados’ means ‘Bearded Ones’ – the Spanish sailors who first settled here named the island after its many bearded fig trees. 

Bajan Rum Punch

Nearly everyone who visits Barbados is more than happy to be introduced to its best-known product: rum. Rum has been produced here since the seventeenth century. Connoisseurs of the golden liquid believe that the soil of Barbados – being highly alkaline and rich in minerals – gives a special flavour to the national tipple. There are over 1,500 rum shops scattered across the island. The most popular ways to serve rum in Barbados are straight, on the rocks or in a Bajan Rum Punch – a cocktail made with lime juice, bitters, sugar syrup, nutmeg and, of course, rum. A visit to a rum distillery is a must-do in Barbados. The famous Mount Gay Rum Distillery is just north of Bridgetown, St. Nicholas Abbey Distillery is a little inland from the north, and Foursquare Rum Distillery can be found in the southeast. 

Historical Bridgetown

UNESCO World Heritage Site Bridgetown is home to historical buildings and a picturesque harbour but, as the name suggests, its bridges are the biggest landmarks. When British settlers first arrived in 1628, there was a rickety wooden bridge over the water that divides the town. They removed the old bridge and replaced it, and the area became known as Saint Michael. In 1872, that bridge was replaced with the Chamberlain Bridge, and the city was renamed Bridgetown. On the site of the original bridge, you can now see the Independence Arch, which was built in 1987 to commemorate Barbados's twenty-first anniversary of independence. The arch symbolises several aspects of Barbados heritage and culture. You’ll see two national symbols – the flying fish and the pelican – on the pillars, as well as the national flower.

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